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Swiss Confederation, 5 Francs 1850

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Swiss Confederation, 5 Francs 1850 (obverse) Swiss Confederation, 5 Francs 1850 (reverse)

During the first half of the 19th century, every Swiss canton minted its own coins. The resulting confusion is hard to imagine today good, valuable money mixed with worthless coins. Only when the sovereign single states joined into the Swiss Confederation in 1848, a legal basis for a complete reformation of the Swiss currency was at hand.

Antoine Bovy from Geneva designed the first series of Swiss coins that showed the image of a sitting Helvetia. This type was minted until 1874, when it was exchanged by the standing Helvetia.

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